4 reflections on 50 years of the AOA News

"I have particularly enjoyed the information about the legal and legislative successes."

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of AOA News—and in anticipation of an all-new publication in 2014optometrists and historians share their personal reflections of what the publication meant to them.

Research developments

"The AOA News has covered research-related developments well and made them accessible to its members," said Karla Zadnik, O.D., optometric researcher and associate dean of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. "I think the coverage motivates optometrists to look for—and read—the original research articles, too."

Legislative success

"I look forward to receiving each issue of the AOA News to keep me informed about the many challenges and issues the profession must address," said John F. Amos, O.D., retired professor and past dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and member of the National Optometry Hall of Fame. "I have particularly enjoyed the information about the legal and legislative successes the member states have achieved over the past 50 years. My congratulations to the AOA Board of Trustees and all those staff members at the AOA who produce this very informative newspaper on its 50th anniversary."

The news optometry needed

"I was editor of the Journal of the AOA in 1963 when the first issue of the AOA News appeared," said Irving J. Bennett, O.D., noted optometric author and longtime volunteer. "The Journal in those days was not the peer-reviewed publication it came to be, and a section of it was devoted to general news of the profession and the AOA. The job of juggling news items with scientific articles in a limited space was a herculean task, one that we may have done well but not well enough. Indeed, it was a sigh of relief when the AOA News came on the scene—and not a little sigh, I must say."

Snapshots of the profession's history

"The AOA News documents 50 years of institutional history and highlights key events in the development of the profession," said Kirsten Pourroy Hébert, heritage services specialist for the AOA's Archives & Museum of Optometry. "As the primary vehicle for the association to communicate with its members and affiliates, the AOA News is a complex timeline that provides snapshots of association activities in several areas including legislation, education, advances in the practice and science of optometry and other association activities. It not only has intrinsic value as an AOA publication but also serves as a finding aid for and a way to contextualize our other collections."

November 11, 2013

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